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This information is about Immanuel Lutheran Church of Osman. Mailing address is Fisher Illinois, but the church is about 7 miles west of Fisher on US 136, then one mile south, follow signs to Osman.

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March 25, 2020

Greetings.

The midweek service for March 25, 2020 is online!

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Since recorded music is often under copyright, I searched YouTUBE and found recordings that have been uploaded to the hymns I chose to be sung in the church.

LSB 436, "Go to Dark Gethsemane" - I found a recording done at St. John Lutheran, Seward (right across the street from Concordia University, Seward, NE.) They had the camera unfortunately focused the entire time on the chancel, and all the good Lutherans were sitting toward the back! Oh well... it is at

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LSB 938, the Canticle hymn, is Luther's paraphrase of the song of Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis, that is a regular part of Evening Prayer. The following YouTUBE link is a rendition of that hymn by the Concordia University - Chicago Wind Symphony performed in 2017. Sara was in that band; if you blow up the picture to full screen and the resolution comes through, you can see her on the left side of the screen as one of the three Euphoniums right in front of some of the percussion.

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Here is the hymn sung; there are several versions on line , but I tried to get those that do not have ads you have to click through.

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Finally, Christ, Mighty Savior, LSB 881. Here is the St. Olaf Choir doing that one

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Resources from Central Illinois District for Corona Virus


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March 23, 2020



All in person activities at the church are cancelled until after April 7. Depending on future announcements from the Governor, this may be extended.

Abbreviated church services will be posted on-line for both Wednesday nights and Sunday services in the meantime. God's word is vital to the life of the Christian, and we need that word now more than ever!

Catechism students are in the process of review. We will work to provide an on-line version of that so that it can go on.

Bible class information will be posted on-line as well. Please visit the church website for the link.

At this point, we do not have the ability to live-stream, but will investigate that for the future.

PLEASE NOTE that not everyone in the church is on this EMAIL list. I realize that not everyone has internet or EMAIL. My hope is that there are family members who do have this access that could share the information with those who do not. If you know of someone who is NOT getting these EMAILs, please have them forward their email address to me using the contact button at the left.

Please also note that I will endeavor to keep the most current announcement(s) from a link on the website. Please visit http://www.osmanlutheran.org and check for the latest news.

Decisions to suspend activities, especially when the trend in our church of late has been decreasing attendance, participation and finances, is not made lightly. Please know that we consider every factor. This is also a fluid situation. Should things dramatically improve, then... God be praised! and we will reassess and reinstate any activities possible.

As we look at such things, it is important to turn to God's word for guidance. Specifically, two of the 10 commandments and Luther's explanations as we learned them in catechism. The Fourth Commandment says, "Honor your father and your mother." We learn from Dr. Luther that "We should fear and love God, so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them." In this commandment, God indicates that the government is in place to protect all citizens. In Romans 13, St. Paul calls upon us to honor the government and obey the authority even when we don't like or agree with those in power. Keep in mind, he was talking about the hated Romans who were persecuting Christians! Today, the government is telling us through closure of various things such as schools, bars and restaurants, and calling for gatherings over 10 people to be avoided; as Christians, honoring the government according to the Fourth Commandment is to obey what we are currently being told.

The other commandment is the Fifth Commandment: "You shall not murder." Again, Dr. Luther explains: "We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every bodily need." Certainly, the body of evidence points to this disease being highly contagious. Suspending group activities and social distancing, while inconvenient, is to honor God and obey this commandment. Slowing the spread helps prevent taxing the health care system so that those of our neighbors who are infected can receive necessary care.

The Lord's blessings be with you all.

Pastor McPike

Sunday Services
8:30 AM Sunday School
8:30 AM Bible Class
9:30 AM Worship
(Holy Communion usually celebrated except on second and fourth Sundays)

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